Jonathan R. Black, Esq. sits down with D.A. Williams and Wardell Potts Jr. to talk about the “business” of the music business. You can’t afford to miss this. Friday, January 28th, 2011 8PM EST
A Graduate of Temple University School of Law in 1974 Jonathan R. Black, Esq., started his law practice in Philadelphia, Pa., as an entertainment attorney representing clients such as Evelyn Champagne King, negotiating her deal with RCA Records (gold record artist), Teddy Pendergrass, the Delphonics, Dexter Wansel, David Ebo and various artists in and around the Philadelphia area.
From 1979-1982, he served as Vice President of Business Affairs for WMOT Records (a CBS distributed label), featuring gold records by such artists as Frankie Smith and hit recording Artist Brandi Wells, Fat Larry’s Band and Jazz Musician Tom Scott.
From 1982-1984 Mr. Black became a business affair’s consultant for Alpha Records (Distributed by WEA) which produced hit recording artist Eugene Wilde and Bryan Loren. He also served as Business Affairs and Artist development consultant for Teddy Pendergrass and his production company Teddy Bear Enterprises.
At Teddy Bear Enterprises, he oversaw the development of hit recording artist Miles Jaye (negotiated signing of act to Island Records), and the recording of two gold albums by Teddy Pendergrass for Elektra Records. During this period he also represented jazz vocalist and pianist Rachelle Ferrell acting as both her manager and legal representative and assisted in signing her to Capitol Records.
In 1985 he extended his business activities as a business affairs consultant to Florida while maintaining his law practice in Philadelphia. He worked with Miami based Music Specialists/Jam Packed Records, scoring another hit record with Trinere (Dance Artist). During that time, he was executive producer in Philadelphia for the Linda Creed Tribute (writer: The Greatest Love of All. Betcha By Golly Wow) which was a major concert event featuring top R&B acts Whitney Houston, George Benson, Teddy Pendergrass, “The Spinners”, Michael Masser and Jean Carne performing Linda Creeds chart making hits.
At Miami based Luke Records (1987-1990), Mr. Black served as Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs overseeing all aspects of business, publishing, and artist contract negotiations, as well as the general activities of the company’s day to day affairs. The company scored two gold records during that time with the act 2 Live Crew. In 1988 in Philadelphia he served as executive producer for the Norman Harris Tribute a major concert event featuring R&B headliners the “Temptations”. The O’Jays”, “ Blue Majic”, “The Tramps” and “LeVert”.
In 1990 he relocated to South Florida and in 1995 retired from the active practice of law in Pennsylvania. He has been working as an independent music industry consultant since that time focusing his efforts on publishing administration and music industry contract negotiation representing clients such as Jack The Rapper Magazine, where he acted as legal counsel for the magazine and the annual music industry convention, Lil’ Joe Records, Miss B Records, Anansi Records, Coast to Coast Music Marketing, Salient Alliance (Hong Kong), Hot/JWP Music, Inc., and Fortune Entertainment.
In January, 2001 Mr. Black along with Paul Lewis co-founded RPM Entertainment Consulting, Inc. (now RPM Media Enterprises, Inc.) a business support services company where he is Vice President. www.mipros.com